'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Me-Now-Views; Less Speak More Peek

A little break from the bleaker highland shots of late and some views of the inside of the Hutch...

Menoosery - a gathering of meeses

Look who arrived in the Hutch!!!

The lavender and fuschia fella is S059 aka "So Fine". He had to come to stay because he carries the number of the year of my birth. Although dressed rather flamboyantly, make no mistake, this mouse is fully grounded.

The elf-mouse is SP006 aka "Spoox" and he carries a mini-me Rudolf as his support animal. The name tells you why the support is needed. The SP in his code refers to his being 'special'. Well, if you are in permanent need of a support stuffy, that is just a special way of saying you are spooky, am I right? I mean, who in their unspooked mind would need to have a permanent stuffy around... **cough cough**... So Fine and Spoox are already welcomed into Clan Meeses and, thus, as well as my stuffed menagerie, I also now have a menoosery.

Beside Helephump is Looey then up top, L-R; Loother, Shriek, Soffee, Stix, the Sadhu, Spoox and So Fine.
Remember, you too can become a mouse-fosterer by visiting Mice for Mama!

Oh, and it's now only eight more zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzsss.

MenoSundays; Life Loved Lovingly

Picking up once more the theme of Psalms as sung here in the Bonny Land. This style is very much now restricted to the far North West of the mainland and on the Hebridean islands.

Precenting was to be one of the assessments at the Mod, held recently in Dunoon. However, it was a great disappointment to find that it did not take place due to no entrants. This is not altogether unexpected. It takes skill to precent and finding apprentices in the diminished populations of this hinterland must be problematic.

This little 'byte' about precenting gives you some insight. The style may seem familiar if you have a Judaic background and also if you attended any of the churches which grew up in the colonies from Scottish tradition. Call and response is used in many ways in different places; in this tradition, the 'glissando' is important and - more than tuneful singing - it is of essence that the singers all make the notes an appeal from the heart.